Tours & activities in London

London Grim Reaper Tour

Discover London’s darkest history – including Jack the Ripper – on this 2-hour walking tour

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Due to the unusual tourism situation currently developing, we have temporarily suspended this tour.

ABOUT THE London Grim Reaper Tour

This 2-hour walking tour covers many must-see sites and stories including Jack the Ripper, the Black Plague and much more. Discover how traitors and criminals were punished and what life was really like for people living in the East End. In a city so full of light and beauty, this walk will show us the darkness waiting behind every corner.

 

The London Grim Reaper Tour starts by the Sundial outside Tower Hill station and finishes at the Ten Bells pub next to Spitalfields Market.

 

Crime and punishment in Olde England

Your expert local guide starts the Grim Reaper tour by looking over the Tower of London, believed to be the most haunted building in the city. Whether you believe in spirits or not, the dark history of those who were imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed on its doorstep will give you a new appreciation for crime and punishment in Olde England.

Life in London in the Middle Ages

The 2-hour tour starts in the 1400s, a long time before London had an official police force, when tyrants rules and preyed on the weak. Your local guide will walk you through London’s East End, explaining the poverty and overcrowding the residents lived in, as well as telling you about the plague pits that were dug when the Black Plague hit.

The infamous Jack the Ripper

Of course though, no tour of London’s dark history would be complete without discussing Jack the Ripper, who was never caught and never identified. See the Prostitutes’ Church where he picked some of his victims, hear how he gradually got more and more brazen with the murders, discuss some of the suspects, and end the tour near the bar where his final victim was last seen alive.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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The London Grim Reaper Tour starts by the sundial outside Tower Hill Station

  • Learn about the infamous Jack the Ripper – victims, methods and suspects
  • Discover crime, punishment and execution at the Tower of London
  • Hear about everyday life in Olde London – poverty, crime and disease
  • Uncover the devastating effects of the Black Plague, and plague pits

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  • Local English-speaking guide
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  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
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Select Tours focus on a particular area or district of a city, a certain aspect of its history or culture, or take you outside the city on a day trip. Select Tours are perfect for those who have enjoyed an introduction to the city and wish to delve deeper into the stories the city has to offer. These tours often venture further afield and make use of local public transport.

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